Jewish Wedding Ceremony. What happens during a Jewish wedding ceremony? Why are these things important?. Think of a wedding you’ve seen on TV, in a film or been to…. List as many features of the wedding ceremony as you can. Consider:
What happens during a Jewish wedding ceremony?
Why are these things important?
List as many features of the wedding ceremony as you can.
What the bride wore, who was there, where it was held, what did it look like, what happened in the ceremony….
Signing the register
Father ‘gives bride away’
What purpose do they serve? What do they symbolise?
Note: the similarities and differences between the Jewish ceremony and the Christian/non-religious weddings you’ve seen.
Two cups of wine are used in the wedding ceremony. The first cup accompanies the blessings recited by the rabbi.
Wine is a symbol of joy in Jewish tradition.
A glass is placed on the floor, and the chatanshatters it with his foot. This is an expression of sadness at the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, and identifies the couple with the spiritual destiny of the Jewish people. A Jew, even at this moment of extreme happiness, is aware that he/she must “set Jerusalem above my highest joy.”